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Chaplain's Tid Bit

How To Combat Pride


"I'm fine" "I've got this" "It's my problem-not yours."

We all want to be known, but sometimes it feels easier to hide behind masks of self-sufficiency.  We might tell ourselves that we don't want to burden others with our problems, but what we're really saying is that we believe we can ( and should) handle everything alone.  This may feel self-protective, but it's a form of pride that isolates and weakens us


Pride is simply having a view of ourselves and our abilities that doesn't align with reality.  It's one of the most effective methods the devil uses to isolate us because it makes us believe we're better off alone.

So how do we combat it?  The apostle Peter advises us to "clothe" ouselves in humility (1Peter 5:5) We do this by caring for others, watching over others, and accepting the authority and wisdom that others offer us (1 Peter 5:1-4)  This requires mutual vulnerability, trust, and authenticity.

Treating others with humility teaches us how to respond to Jesus.

Jesus knows what we need, and God wants us to cast all our cares and concerns onto Him but giving Him our concerns, hurts, hardships, and heartbreaks is an act of vulnerable surrender.  We cannot do this unless we first acknowledge our need for HIm.

When Peter says to " cast our cares" on God, he's telling his readers to come openly and honestly to Jesus so that at the proper time, He can deliver them.  Jesus opposes anyone who thinks they don't need Him,. but He shows endless grace and love to those who seek HIm (1 Peter 5"5).

So take a few moments right now, and reflect on your current concerns.  What do you need to bring to Jesus?  Visualize handing Him all of your worries, and envision receiving His peace in return.  Feel the burdens lift and the peace cover you.  IT'S A WONDERFUL AND AMAZING WAY TO LIVE. 


You are greatly loved my dear friends and family.

Erin Galster


Right To Repair Must Be Protected
Bob Kay - IMA Chairman

The Right to Repair affects all of us whether we work on our own bikes or have a shop work on them. The information and tools necessary to make repairs must be available to independent dealers and individuals. Not everyone who owns a newer motorcycle (under ten years old), wants to go to a franchise dealer (regardless of the brand), to get their bike serviced or repaired. We should not be penalized with the threat of losing our warranty for taking our bikes to our favorite independent dealer, whom we have trusted and supported for years. Furthermore, if your bike is over ten years old, most franchise dealers will not even work on that bike.


Most bikers I've met enjoy working on their bikes as much as riding them. It is part of our culture to hang out with our buddies and help each other. Most franchise dealers would prefer to eliminate independent dealers and then charge us outrageous prices for parts and labor. Franchise dealers and manufacturers work hard to restrict parts and updated information from the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket. Even worse than the high prices is the ridiculous amount of time they want to tie your bike up for service in the middle of riding season. The existence of independent dealers is essential for the survival of our culture, riding lifestyle and the future of motorcycling.


Harley stopped the production of carbureted bikes in 2007 and will not work on your carbureted bike because it is over ten years old. Few have the technicians on staff with experience to work on older bikes. If you own a 2007 – 2013 Harley, where do you go for an electronic fuel injection tune? Harley no longer supplies programable ECUs for these bikes and the EPA has restricted the Aftermarket from selling the current generation of modules to street bike owners. There is even a campaign to penalize any dealer willing to tune your fuel-injected bike. All this is supposedly to help create a clean climate. However, the EPA will not even publish emission standards/limits that are acceptable for the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket so that it can manufacture the components that will be environmentally compliant. It may seem like motorcycle manufacturers would like to sell you a new bike, service it twice a year and sell you another new bike in five years, but End-of-Life Directives for motorcycles are another issue for discussion at another time.


The MRF has been fighting for our Right to Repair and has pledged its full support to the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket to continue this battle. We cannot do it alone. We need your support by joining the IMA today so that we may continue fighting this attack on our rights and lifestyle. I will address our Right to Modify and build custom bikes in your next issue of the American Biker Journal.

Bob Kay is the Chairman of the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket Council (IMA). Formed by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), the IMA is a council to review the challenges that independent motorcycle dealers and custom bike builders face. Independent motorcycle dealers and custom bike builders wishing to join the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket Network can click the links below and select the Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket membership type.


About Motorcycle Riders Foundation


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.


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20th District Legislators

Rep Peter Abbarno (R) 

411 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504


Rep Ed Orcutt (R)

408 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504


Sen John Braun (R)

303 John A. Cherberg Building

PO Box 40420

Olympia, WA 98504


Link to State Legislature Home page

U.S. Senators   Sen. Patty Murray (D)      Sen. Maria Cantwell (D)

3rd Congressional District   Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D)

Motorcycle Safety & Education

  Lewis County A.B.A.T.E

Motorcycle Safety and Education Program

   It is a pleasure to help new drivers to be aware of motorcycles on our roadways. I have been teaching Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties for the past 3 years. I found it to be very rewarding and a great benefit to our community to spread the word of Motorcycle safety. In my opinion, Motorcycle safety cannot be taught enough in our high schools and driving schools and to all drivers, no matter what kind of vehicle or motorcycle they drive. I hope to keep teaching new drivers whenever and wherever I can. “REMEMBER” always look before you act.  It may Save A Life of a Brother, Sister or maybe one of your own family. HEY, were out there!! This message came from a motorcycle rider near you!    


Thank you,

Lewis County Chapter Motorcycle Safety

and Education Chairperson, 

Loren "Low" Ackerman  

2024 Motorcycle Knowledge Testing Schedule for Lewis County

 Contact Puget Sound Safety for information on testing and safety courses.

Puget Sound Safety

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